The play is based in a city called Brooklyn which is situated in the
state of New York. A view from the bridge is presented to the audience
by a prominent character called Alfieri. Alfieri is the most
significant character in the play because he is known as a good
lawyer, a good friend to Eddie Carbone (a longshoreman) and
surprisingly he is also the narrator. Alfieri is obviously the most
significant character in the play.
Alfieri as a character is known as a well respected lawyer and a close
friend to Eddie. Throughout all the play Alfieri is helping Eddie with
all his problems.
"I know it Mr Alfieri, the guy ain't right".
Alfieri does not only help Eddie, he also helps his niece, Catherine.
Catherine has strangely fallen in love with an immigrant from Sicily
called Rodolpho and has promised to marry him in the near future. She
speaks to Alfieri about Eddie's disapproval of the wedding and how he
doesn't like Rodolpho. Without letting the audience know, Alfieri is
showing himself as an educated and intelligent man by staying neutral
and not taking sides in all the situations he had come across.
Another one of Alfieri's roles in the play is a narrator. A narrator
is an important role in any play, and to be a character and a narrator
is very distinct. Throughout all of the play he introduces the scenes
with a small speech or a prediction. The most significant speeches
Alfieri makes are the first and last. The first speech is about life
in Brooklyn an...
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...nce an insight into the Sicilian
ethics and culture.
Alfieri also explains to the audience the compromise the community has
made, half accepting the rule of law, and half living with their own
codes. The Sicilian community used to be very unruly and violent and
settled disputes and vendettas the way they wanted to with total
disregard for the American law. This was the mob law practiced by
Italian-American mafia gangsters like Al Capone. However Alfieri
states that the American system of law has now been accepted as in
they settle for half. When this statement is repeated at the end of
the play, he adapts the statement to 'most of the time now we settle
for half'. This means that there are still violent resolutions of
arguments and conflicts which show that the Italian concept of justice
still remains in America.
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